Trash & Recycling

Trash and Recycling Regulations
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requires that all municipalities are in compliance with Act 101 and Act 140 (1988).  Ordinance No. 202, available to review at the bottom of the page, brings West Rockhill Township into full compliance.  Here are the highlights of the trash and recycling requirements for West Rockhill Township:

·         Each resident and business must directly secure the services of a licensed trash hauler who will
collect municipal waste, refuse and recyclables, including leaf waste.

·         All licensed trash haulers shall offer their customers commingled recyclables collection service as part of the normal collection fee for service. Trash haulers shall inform customers of how recyclables should be containerized.

·         All licensed trash haulers shall provide at least one collection of shrubbery, tree trimmings and similar materials per month.  Collection schedules shall be distributed to the customers and the Township.

·         Commercial and institutional business owners are required to report their recycling on a yearly basis.

·         Apartment complexes or residential communities (nursing homes, condominiums, retirement communities, etc.) are required to provide a recycling program for their residents.

·         No resident or business shall burn refuse, municipal waste, recyclable materials, yard waste, or leaf waste
 
Ordinance 206, enacted on June 21, 2011, clarifies that waste haulers are required to provide a schedule for monthly collection of leaf and yard waste to residential, commercial, and institutional customers. The full text of Ordinance 206 is available below.

The following licensed trash haulers operate in West Rockhill Township:

Waste Management of SE PA
400 Progress Drive, Telford, PA  18969
215-257-1142 or 1-800-328-1717
www.wastemanagement.com

Advanced Disposal (formerly Chesmont)
P.O. Box 1500, Skippack, PA, 19474
Customer Service 610-584-5450
http://www.advanceddisposal.com/residential-services

Allied Waste of BucksMont
731 E Reliance Rd, Telford, PA, 18969
215-723-0400
www.alliedwastebucksmont.com/Pages/ForYourHome.aspx

If you have a problem with or complaint about your trash hauler, please download and print this form to register your complaint with the Township: WRT Trash Hauler Complaint Form.pdf

 
Recycling
West Rockhill Township encourages all residents and businesses to practice recycling. Rules and regulations for the waste stream have become more stringent in regards to separating recyclable items from your trash. Please support and practice recycling!
New  Rules Require Recycling of Electronics

As of January 13, 2013, your waste hauler will not be permitted to accept electronic devices such as laptops, computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, and televisions with the regular trash. Under the PA Covered Device Recycling Act of 2010 (Act 108 of 2010), these items must be sent to an electronics recycler.

Proper recycling is important since these devices contain heavy metals, such as lead, cadmium, and mercury, which do not belong in the normal trash stream.  Many of these devices also contain metals, such as gold, silver, and platinum, copper, iron, and aluminum, that can be separated and reused in new products.

The law also requires manufacturers of covered devices to host one-day events to collect, transport, and recycle these items or institute permanent collection programs or mail-back options.  Some retailers also accept electronics for recycling either at no charge or in exchange for rebates or coupons.

 
For more information on disposing of Hazardous Waste, contact:

Art Feldes - Recycling Coordinator Bucks County Planning Commission

215-345-3400  aafeltes@co.bucks.pa.us   

A current list of collection opportunities, including those offered by manufacturers and retailers, is available by calling the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s toll-free recycling hotline at 1-800-346-4242. 

The retailer Best Buy will accept most electronics for recycling. 
Ewaste Express will pick up your electronic "ewaste" at your home or business by calling 855-213-5225. for more information go to www.ewasteexpress.com

Try  http://www.earth911.com/  for more recycling sites.

Use the following list for additional recycling opportunities:
Metals
Wilcox Recycling recycles all metals and they are located in West Rockhill Township. They are located 241 Old Mill Road, Sellersville, PA, 18960. Phone number: 215-257-1220 and website is  www.wilcoxrecycling.com .

Recycling CFL Light Bulbs

There is a small amount of mercury in CFLs. We encourage all residents to recycle these bulbs to prevent mercury from going into landfills. The Township does not offer recycling for CFL light bulbs. PP& L offers the following information on their website: 

The Home Depot and Lowe’s stores nationwide accept CFLs for recycling. In addition, PPL Electric Utilities has also partnered with local retailers that offer recycling of used, unbroken CFL bulbs. Recycling your CFL is FREE! visit www.earth911.org  to identify other local recycling locations. If there are no recycling centers near you and you must put your CFL in the garbage, seal the CFL in two plastic bags. CFLs should not be disposed of in an incinerator.

http://portal.ecosconsulting.com/locator/Default.aspx?id=10

West Rockhill Township Residential Recycling Center
The West Rockhill Township Recycling Center is open 7 days a week from dawn until dusk and is located at 1028 Ridge Road between the Township building and the Public Works building for your convenience. Please respect the rules below which are posted at the Center:

RECYCLING CENTER RULES

  • The Recycling Center is a free service for Township residents. Businesses and non-residents are NOT permitted to recycle here.
  • The Recycling Center is open during daylight hours only.
  • Glass, plastics, and metal cans may be co-mingled in the green container as marked.  DO NOT place paper or trash in the co-mingle container.
  • Paper and cardboard are accepted in the walk-in paper container.  All cardboard boxes MUST be broken down and bundled. Wax-coated boxes and milk or juice cartons are not recyclable at this time. Please stack your paper recyclables as far into the container as possible and keep it tidy.
  • If the recycling containers are not on site when you arrive, please return in 48 hours as they have been picked up by our hauler to be emptied. 
  • DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING OUTSIDE THE CONTAINERS ON THE GROUND AT ANY TIME.

Yard Waste

DEP has determined that yard waste must be separated from the waste stream for recycling. Trash haulers determine their own monthly leaf and yard waste pick up dates and must inform their customers of the dates. Your hauler may bill you for this service. DEP prefers that yard waste be recycled as compost on your own property as a first option, but if you prefer to dispose of this waste, you must abide by your haulers regular monthly pick up date or drop off your yard waste at the township container (see below). You may not burn leaves or yard waste in Pennsylvania.

Following are the dates given by the major trash haulers operating in West Rockhill Township for leaf/yard waste pick-up in 2014:
Waste Management: Last Saturday of each month
Allied Waste/Republic Services: The Fourth Wednesday of each month
Advanced Disposal: November 30

The Township offers a drop off container for residential yard waste on the last Friday of each month, except when a Holiday falls on that day. The service is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Public Works Building. Yard waste consists of leaves, weeds, brush, branches, etc., dropped off loose or in paper bags. No plastic bags will be accepted.  All branches must be cut up and bundled. No tree stumps, railroad ties, grass clippings, or commercial landscaping waste will be accepted.

Recycling Old Refrigerators, Freezers and Air Conditioners

PPL has a program to pick up your old refrigerator, freezer, or air conditioner and give you a rebate.The refrigerator or freezer must be in working condition and be between 10 and 30 cubic feet in size. You must own the unit and be a PPL Electric Utilities customer. Limit two units per address per calendar year. A $35 incentive check will be mailed to you after the appliance is collected.

Bonus: If you have inefficient, working window air conditioners, we will have those picked up at the same time as your refrigerator or freezer and give you an additional $25 per unit, limit four per household per calendar year. Log on for more information:

http://www.pplelectric.com/e-power/save/appliance-recycling.htm


Going, going, … no, still here!

How long does it take everyday items to naturally decompose? 

  • Paper napkins, 1 year
  • Newspaper, 5 years
  • Plastic bags, 20 years
  • Nylon fabric, 40 years
  • Tin cans, 50 years
  • Plastic six-pack rings, 100 years
  • Plastic Cups, 250 years
  • Aluminum cans, 500 years
  • Glass bottle, 1 million years  



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